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Energy withdrawal towards

the end of physical life.

The process of phasing out

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You may bury my body down by the highway side

Baby, I don't care where you bury my body

when I'm dead and gone

You may bury my body, down by the highway side

So my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride.

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From Me and the Devil Blues

by Robert Johnson

Posted 1/4/07

 

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Theosophy maintains that towards the end of a physical life lived by someone who lives more or less a normal lifespan there is a natural withdrawal of energy from and enthusiasm for life.

It is sometimes said that some people decide when to die and although that is rather too simple a description, there is an element of self determination which is dependant on the personality and the life being lived.

There are some people who extend life by personal will for a particular purpose or are just stubborn and there are those who lose interest and give up.

It seems that as we approach the end of our lives we donít just die but rather phase out. It is quite common for people near the end of life to be very comfortable with the fact and that interest in spirituality (not necessarily religion) can develop. The view of the world can become more objective and there can be a reordering of what is important.

This is not just a result of psychological adaptation to an inevitable and unknown situation but a realization at a subtle level of the natural order of the death and rebirth cycle and that it is all one continuum.

At the other end of the scale, resistance to the idea of death although now seen as a positive attitude and which and may keep you going a bit longer, will at the end make the process of letting go quite difficult. On entering the after death state, the desire body may pull back toward the physical plane and tougher itself up to avoid disintegration.

A toughened up and stubborn desire body is something you wonít need as it will prevent you from progressing through the after death states and keep you trapped close to the physical plane for a long time.

All this is independent of most current life extension movements who seek to extend overall active and useful life span. Even if living to 150 becomes the norm as it may do this century then the withdrawal process as the end approaches will still be valid.

Sadly this process is not applicable to those who die an early death unless in some cases where there is a long illness.

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